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UPDATED INFORMATION: Williamson County Seeks Volunteers For Mask Brigade

Look below at a photo of Commissioner Cook wearing one of the masks she made

  • 9 April 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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WCommissioner Cook is wearing a face mask with floral print that she handmade.ilco Needs Your Help

We need cloth masks for 1st responders, medical professionals and others for their protection and to be worn over the N95 masks to extend the lives of the N95 masks. Patterns are available on-line for free for both the pleated mask and the one preferred by medical professions via http://CovidRangers.com.

Texas Department of Transportation Closes Lobbies at Its Twelve Travel Information Centers

  • 8 April 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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For those who do need to travel, be advised that TxDOT has closed the lobbies of its 12 Travel Information Centers until further notice. Outside restrooms will remain available at all times. The on highways throughout the state remain open. Anyone can call 1-800-452-9292 or visit drivetexas.org to obtain road condition information 24 hours a day, seven days a week.safety rest areas .

TxDOT's mission is to continue building and maintaining our roadway infrastructure while doing our part to prevent the spread of Covid-19. #StayHomeTexas if you can and stay safe.

COVID-19 Information for Precinct 1 Constituents Who Live in Austin

  • 2 April 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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Information can be found at <http://austintexas.gov/covid19>

Please call 3-1-1 (512-974-2000) with questions or complete this form at http://tinyurl.com/te9c2uu

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that is spreading from person to person in parts of the United States. The risk of infection with COVID-19 is higher for people who are close contacts of someone known to have COVID-19, for example healthcare workers, or household members. Other people at higher risk for infection are those who live in or have recently been in an area with an ongoing spread of COVID-19.

The virus spreads mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

CALL CENTER TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT WILCO DURING COVID-19 SHELTER-IN-PLACE

  • 1 April 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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Call Center Available for Questions

Got a question about what is allowed under the Stay Home Stay Safe Order? Wonder if a County office is open? Not sure where to turn? Williamson County offers a call center Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to answer your questions. The call center has English and Spanish speaking representatives answering more than 100 calls a day. To contact the call center, dial 512-943-1600. If you prefer emailing your question, please send it to [email protected]. Our goal is to keep you informed and ease your concerns, so give us a call! 

Community Resources

Did you know Williamson County offers a Community Resources searchable website? Just enter your zip code to find services related to food, transportation, education, job training and more. Go to http://williamson-county.org/CommunityResources

Coronavirus: Census Bureau pauses field operations, extends completion deadline

Article in County News by Mary Ann Barton Published March 20, 2020

  • 26 March 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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NACo County News stock photo of a woman opening her door to a Census worker.

To slow the spread of coronavirus among workers and the public, 2020 census field operations are suspended until April 1 and the deadline to complete the census is now extended to August 14, the Census Bureau announced Friday.

The Census Bureau began dropping off packets in rural areas March 15, but that operation is also on pause at least until March 29, said Tim Olson, associate director of field operations for the Census Bureau, in a call with the media Friday.

“We want the public to know the health of our staff and the public is of utmost importance,” he said. “We are carefully monitoring the situation and are following guidance of state and local authorities.”

“The way we conduct the census is the vast majority are going to self-respond,” he said, noting “but when it comes to completing the census, there is that door-to-door counting of households that have not responded. We’re monitoring this on an hourly, daily basis in terms of moving forward.”

The Census Bureau has also dipped into a $2 million contingency fund to do more advertising to get their message out, said Ali Ahmad, associate director of communications at the Census Bureau.

“The U.S. Census Bureau is actively working with contractors to update, expand and upgrade its campaign in line with the evolving situation,” Ahmad said.

The 2020 Census sent out census questionnaires (or letters asking households to respond online) March 12-20 to each home in the country and as of Friday morning, 18.6 million households have responded, according to Albert E. Fontenot Jr., associate director for Decennial Census Programs.

Each home can respond online (at http://2020census.gov/), by phone or by mail.

The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories. The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.

With billions of dollars in federal funding being apportioned each year based on decennial census results, an accurate, complete count is crucial to county governments and all residents.

During the pause in field operations, the Census Bureau will continue to evaluate all 2020 Census operations. 

Here’s a timeline of what to expect:

  1. March 16-24: Households will receive a second reminder letter to participate in the census.
  2. March 26-April 3: Households will receive a reminder postcard to respond.
  3. April 8-16: Households will receive a third reminder letter and paper questionnaire.
  4. April 20-27: A final reminder postcard before census enumerators follow up in person. 

In late May, census takers around the nation will begin visiting households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census to help complete the count. 

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